Gap Year Programs
With our gap program, you will take the time to get to know yourself and what you enjoy and value. This will help you focus on the academic or career path that you desire instead of choosing blindly or because of someone else´s expectations.
SPANISH IMMERSION, TRAVEL & VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Intercultura´s Gap Year Program offers you a chance to participate in a gap year in a safe, yet challenging environment, with on-site staff available to help you settle in, overcome culture shock and adjust to the realities of living in Latin American for an extended time. So, if you’re ready to take a step back and better define your personal values and goals before deciding on a study program that will likely determine the course of the rest of your life, and if you want to gain life-skills, resilience, independence and practical knowledge, then explore your options for a gap year with us at Intercultura Costa Rica. Programs like this will help you to avoid ending up in a profession because of someone else´s expectations, or because you simply didn´t take the time to figure out for yourself what you really love to do.
With Intercultura’s Gap Year Spanish Immersion and Volunteer Work Experience, you will study Spanish, followed by overseas work experience as a volunteer at one of our cooperating NGOs. You will become fluent in the language, and get to know both city and rural areas of Costa Rica by studying at our two beautiful campuses, before taking your new language skills out into the real world of Latin America, working 25-40 hours per week in a non-profit in your area of choice.
|options:||gap semester (4 months)||gap year (8 months)|
2 months Spanish Immersion + 2 months Work Experience
4 months Spanish Immersion + 4 months Work Experience
HEREDIA CITY vs. SAMARA BEACH
Split your time between both campuses and locations
|SPANISH CLASSES||20% OFF||
|LODGING 15% OFF*||✔*||✔*|
|DAILY CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS||✔||✔|
|VOLUNTEER WORK PLACEMENT FEE||$35||$0|
|ONE-TIME DONATION FEE TO PROJECT||✔||✔|
|TOTAL PROGRAM FEES:|
|Heredia CITY Campus||$4.175 USD||$7.840 USD|
|Samara BEACH Campus||$4.431 USD||$8.288 USD|
|Both locations combined!||Let us know how many weeks you would like in each campus.||Get your quote!|
|ACADEMIC CREDITS - available upon request||✔||✔|
*The discount applies if you choose our HOMESTAY PROGRAM for the whole time of your GAP program. Should you prefer a more independet living, please check out our recommendations for rental options or book through airbnb.com.
OUR VOLUNTEER WORK PLACEMENTS
Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish Schools
Locations: Samara Beach, Heredia City
Join our office team at either or both of our campuses. We are always looking out for creative people who also love working in the customer service.
Work areas: Marketing & social media, student services. Requirements: CV, skype interview upfront, language skills
La Montañita Village
Location: Near Nicoya (managed by our Samara Beach Campus)
This rural and remote community is nestled in the mountains of Nicoya in Guanacaste. Approximately 120 residents live in this peaceful village. People there have little financial possibilities and live a very simple life. Men work mainly in agriculture and women lead the household and do handicrafts.
Work areas: Teaching English to the kids and adults, iniative to teaching any skill you may bring along (handicrafts, agriculture, singing, music, sports, etc.). Requirements: open-minded to live a foreign culture. NOTE: FREE LODGING FOR WORK!
Social Care & Teaching
Location: Heredia City
Work at a day care, orphonage or women´s house and contribute in any way you can. We have several placements in stock. Simply inquire with us and we are happy to provide you with more concrete information according to your preferences.
WHAT IS A GAP YEAR AND WHY SHOULD I TAKE ONE?
The concept of taking a year off between high-school and college, known as taking a “gap year”, long popular in Europe, has been steadily growing in popularity over the last 5 years in the US. The reasons are many: it gives students time to mature, gain valuable intercultural and world travel experience, and it gives them knowledge and perspective that can dramatically increase their chances to do well in college, and beyond.
“A study by the dean of admissions at Middlebury College found that the average GPA for Middlebury students who had taken a gap year was consistently higher than those who had not.” (*). Because of this, many universities are actively promoting gap years to incoming students, such as Princeton, which organizes and helps sponsor its own gap year program, and Harvard, which “encourages students to defer enrollment for one year to travel, pursue a special project or activity, work, or spend time in another meaningful way” (*)For many parents too, gap year programs are an increasingly viable option, as they see their children taking better advantage of the many opportunities college has to offer once they get there, instead of focusing on the heavy socializing that is often part of the experience for newly-independent freshmen.